Aug 02, 2022
In Fashion Forum
Chinese government has asked officials to study high-level speeches since 2016. New evidence from classified documents shows that all kinds of persecution promoted by the Chinese government in Xinjiang, from detention and separation of parents and children, to labor transfers and birth prevention, are linked to the central government. These persecutions are sanctioned and authorized by Beijing. DW: What do you think the international community should do after classified documents reveal the links between top popular database Chinese officials and Xinjiang policy? Zheng Guoen: The international community has a lot of evidence, but they have not taken action. We now have stronger evidence that these policies were ordered directly by the central government to safeguard China's national security and Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road infrastructure plan. If you look at the benchmarks for what the international community considers mass atrocities, for example, how they consider genocide, this new evidence should support international action against the Chinese government. Often they examine the intent of some actors when determining whether a particular act is consistent with mass atrocity. So when they realize that Xi Jinping's speech is directly linked to many policies in Xinjiang, I think it gives them more reason to determine whether the speech of the high-level Chinese government meets the definition of genocide or crimes against humanity.